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on the u.s. consulate in benghazi this past september 11 wasn't just a mob action." evidence is growing that the murder of ambassador chris stevens was planned and targeted. in new york today the president of libya met with secretary of state clinton at the united nations. he said that the libyan people had lost a friend. a year ago in libya a bunch of ragtag militias overthrew the dictator moammar qaddafi and it's one of those militias that's suspected in the attack on the americans. that attack was apparently the last straw for the people in benghazi. elizabeth palmer reports the citizens there have risen up to throw them t militias out. >> reporter: furious citizens took matters into their own hands. on friday night, crowds overran bases controlled by extremist militias in benghazi and drove them out. by dawn, three bases were just burned-out shells. during the battle to topple colonel qaddafi last year these same men were seen as heroes. but since then many have set themselves up as vigilantes. operating from bases like this one which, after the militias fled on friday night, was se
the work was al qaeda operatives on the cult in benghazi. at a u.n. conference yesterday clinton said al qaeda was exploiting the safety of northern africa to expand its operations. >> now with a larger safe-haven and increased freedom to maneuver, terrorists are seeking to extend their reach and their networks in multiple directions. and they are working with other violence extremists to undermine the democratic transitions under way in north africa as we tragically saw in benghazi. >> libyan officials have said for a while the attack appears to be alaska linked. this morning a battle over internet freedom. google is appealing charge that its senior executive in brazil violated election laws. he was questioned and released by brazilian federal police yesterday. google failed to take down a youtube video from its website that a mayoral candidate demanded his lover get abortion. coming up on the morning news on a thursday, rebooting myspace. justin timberlake helps the once popular social network relaunch to a new tune. this is the morning news. we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid o
on what happened but has been unable to reach the consulate in benghazi, because it's still too range rouse. waves from north africa to asia appear to be ebbing, but critics of current u.s. policy say protests are not the problem. they are a symptom. >> if we all decide to rally around the video as the problem, we'll make a serious mistake. >> reporter: israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says it's bigger than diplomacy, about the existence of the united states and israel. >> for them, we are you, and you are us. and we're -- at least on this point, they are right. >> reporter: brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> in afghanistan this morning, another insider attack killed four american soldiers. officials say insurgents disguised in military uniforms attacked as if they were coming to the soldier's aid before opening fire it happened at a nato checkpoint, after a similar insider attack on friday, when 15 insurgents disguised killed two marines. they wounded nine and destroyed six fighter jets at a major u.s. base. >>> it could be back to school for hundreds of thousands of stu
current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately, are readily available in postrevolutionary libya. and it escalated into a much more violent episode. obviously, that's our best judgment now. we'll await the results of the investigation, and the president has been very clear we'll work with the libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice. >> was there a failure here that this administration is responsible for, whether it's an intelligence failure, a failure to see this coming, or a failure adequately protect u.s. embassies and installations from a spontaneous reaction like this? >> david, i don't think so. first of all, we had no actionable intelligence to suggest that any attack o
in tripoli and benghazi today. libya's leader says about ten militia groups have been disbanded, calling the attack on the u.s. consulate the final straw. speaking at the pentagon yesterday, secretary of defense leon panetta says there's no doubt the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi was the act of terrorists. >> the reason i think pretty clearly it was a prift attack, is because a group of terrorists obviously conducted that attack on the consulate. and against our individuals. what terrorists were involved i think still remains to be determined by the investigation. >> originally the administration said the attack was lmpged to protests over an anti-islam movie that escalated. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three others were killed. >>> the man who produced that movie is behind bars this morning. nakoula basseley nakoula will remain in custody until another hearing is scheduled. his movie sparked protests across the middle east. today in pakistan, more demonstrations are expected. security has been heightened around government buildings and diplomatic quarters. >>> four peopl
the egyptian people reject unlawful acts like the attack that happened on the consulate in benghazi. the state department warning american embassy workers around the globe, especially in the middle east as you see on this map here, to be on alert in the wake of a deadly attack in libya. that includes embassies marked here, kuwait, sudan, tunisia. >> the attack in libya is leading to vigils and memorial services around the world. one took place last night outside the white house. the man who organized it grew up in falls church and took a year off of george mason to become a freedom fighter in libya. he knew ambassador stevens personally. >> he was really enthusiastic about being there and he was also very enthusiastic and excited about libyan-americans coming and helping. i remember him specifically telling us that he was very proud as an american that we're here as americans helping out this revolution. >> the last ambassador was adolph dubbs. >>> the republican presidential ticket preparing to stand by criticism of the white house's response to the libyan attacks as they hit the campaign tra
president flew to benghazi to visit the destroyed consulate today, he said he deeply regretted the loss of life. >> we're doing our best to bring them to justice. >> the attack showed he does not have complete control of his country. in cairo where the united states turned its back on its old friend hosni mubarak, radicals are troying to destroy the embassy with running battles with riot police in tahrir square, tear gas and stones. it's ironic that with american diplomats inside the embassy who helped to give these demonstrators, these protestors a voice and allowed them to actually carry out this anti-american clashes that we're seeing right now. so what did washington think would happen if he won? as the new egyptian president morsi was campaigning to lead the world's biggest arab country in elections the u.s. supported, he used radical creatures to stump for him. >> without a doubt he doesn't support the violence. >> ed hussein, a former muslim extremist is now with the council on foreign relations. >> what motivates them is the perception that islam and muslims have been insulted,
a well-coordinated attack. they suspect the assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, tuesday was planned to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. they just used protests over that anti-muslim video as a cover for their plot. a team of about 40 marines specializing in anti-terrorism is now in tripoli to beef up security around the u.s. embassy there. meanwhile, the pentagon is moving two warships to the libyan coast. they don't have specific mission but they do give the military more flexibility to launch any mission president obama orders. the president won't say whether he's even considering military action in libya. he does say that justice will be done. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts, and bring them to justice. >> the white house says president obama has spoken to the presidents of libya and egypt and urged them to continue working with u.s. to make sure diplomats are safe. >>> the bodies of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans killed with on their way back to the u
was suggesting weakness and now the tarke on our consulate in benghazi where four americans were murdered. >> we express immediately when we feel that the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of america. chris: a similar test after the failed mission to rescue the iranian hostages, during the presidential campaign of 1980, governor ronald reagan did not use a vulnerable moment to crilt size president carter. -- to criticize president carter. >> words should be few and confined to our prayers. because of the extremely sensitive nature of the situation, i am convinced that it is and would be inappropriate for me to go beyond the statement i have made to you at this time. chris: david, he certainly looked presidential even then as a candidate. and by not talking at a time of confusion, if you will, this time, however, romney jumped. how do you look at that? >> ronald reagan sounded presidential precisely becau he was calm, because he didn't attempt to assert himself. didn't try to take advantage. mitt romney sounded like a presidential candi
in benghazi, the u.s. con sew consulate demonstrators there angry by the film, tried to burn it down. the u.s. state department says all staff have been accounted for. >> richard engel on this explosion of violence just today. thanks. >>> there's a new flare up between the u.s. and israel over iran. what seems to have set this off, recent remarks by secretary of state hillary clinton, she said the u.s. would not set deadlines or name so-called red line limits that can't be crossed concerning iran's nuclear activities. netanyahu of israel fired back today, saying those in the international community who refuseo put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. and we learned today, the president is not going to meet with netanyahu when he comes to address the u.n. here in new york later this month. >>> in the city of chicago, the third largest in our country, another day of no school and no options for parents and students there. the teachers strike has now stretched through day two. and again tonight, thousands gathered and marched in the downtown loop a
in libya running the office in benghazi against gadhafi. he once worked as an international trade here in washington. a large mob stormed the consulate with automatic weapons firing at the building before burning it to the ground. stevens was found in a small room where he was taking cover. he and three others killed after they came back to help with evacuations. neighboring egypt scaled the walls, tearing down and burning the american flag. libyan officials held a press conference earlier today. >> we have been looking into this matter seriously since last night. we are gathering information and we are looking at it very closely. we are determined, both the congress and the government to take action on those guys who have murdered innocent people. >> reporter: the protesters angry over an amateur american made film called innocence of muslims. it's critical of muhammed. >> reporter: the local preacher began to talk about it and say this movie, it was only described as a movie, not a youtube-type video, was about to be broadcast nationwide in the united states on the anniversary of 9/1
. the department wouldn't say whether there had been a threat. earlier this month, the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, was attacked and burned, and ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed. that attack took place amid violent protests that broke out over an internet movie that ridiculed islam. well, late today, the filmmaker, was arrested in los angeles. federal prosecutors say that by uploading the film on the internet, he violated the terms of his probation on a previous check fraud conviction. iowa kicked off the primary and caucus season. well, today it became th first battleground state to in the general election. at least 400,000 iowans are expected to vote before election day, november 6. in other battleground states, voting begins in colorado october 22, more than two million people are expected to cast early ballots there. in florida, balloting starts october 27 with more than four million early voters expected. john dickerson is in our washington bureau. he's our political director. and, john, i wonder what impact does all this early voting have on the campaigns
in benghazi. margaret brennan is here. good morning. where are we with respect to what the president and the secretary of state is saying with respect to the libyans and what they're saying with the death of the american ambassador? >> they're certainly not changing their message to the press, which is don't ask us to answer your questions. what's happening behind closed doors is the hunt for chemical weapons and the hunt for some of those loose weapons, particularly so called man pads, those shoulder mounted missiles that can take down airplanes. that is being put front and center. the u.s. has continued some of the security training, which is interesting, even though there are no americans in benghazi and they pulled back the staffing at the u.s. embassy in tripoli. they have continued some of their training in other locations outside of the country to help them security weapons. >> the president's not meeting with any world leaders. hillary clinton is doing all the work here this week. >> he was taping "the view" while she was cross town meeting with the head of rwanda and also me
this morning over the attack on the american consulate in benghazi libya. on wednesday, secretary of state hillary clinton seemed to suggest for the first time that al qaeda was behind the attacks that killed the american ambassador to libya but this morning the state department is saying hold on. margaret brennan is here with us. this is an example where the state department does not like the story that's on the front page of the papers today. >> she do not. the secretary gave a speech about mali. two references to al qaeda. because of that the "new york times" wrote this story saying she is linking the two. senior aides to secretary of state say she absolutely does not have the evidence to assert that link right now. remember the fbi has to make this determination. they are still not in benghazi. state department will say, those that al qaeda and aqim is active in the region. there's arms coming from mali into libya and this is one of the countries where you have a new government that isn't in fully control of security in the area. >> they don't have the evidence, they are waiting for th
that the libyan government is very reluctant to have a team of a couple of dozen fbi people going to benghazi, when the only people they could get to protect them are militias, and they know that the crime scene is long ago compromised, trampled through. it may or may not yield anything terribly important and if it does, if will yield it later. it is a difficult situation. >> any more information on the question of how much this may have been a preplanned attack? >> there is. and i think you have kind of put your thumb on the pulse of the problem there. in -- in these groups, we look for -- we want a wiring diagram, an organized picture, with al qaeda who ordered it. this group assisted. the problem is, the lines have blurred between these groups and their members. an sawar sharia are popping up in all of these countries. not al qaeda, but they are reading from the al qaeda narrative and they are influenced by formerly influential extremists in al qaeda. the actual truth, the picture isn't that clear, but we can piece it together and it's not satisfying the people who you can attach this atta
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